Listen now to “About Health” on 94.1FM, @KPFA.org (4/6/20)
Can we face the truth about the Climate Emergency, during this time of the deadly unprecedented Covid-19 global health crisis?
For both of these emergencies we can face our fears and deep despair…and we can join together now to make significant changes to save lives and resources. My guest, Margaret Klein Salamon can guide us in doing this.
“Scientific consensus says a climate emergency and an ecological crisis threatens everyone on this planet. This clear, and yet rarely-spoken truth, has the power to motivate rapid and far reaching change, IF we can tap into it.” —The Climate Mobilization
Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD, is a clinical psychologist turned climate warrior whose work helps people to face the deeply frightening, painful truths of the climate emergency, and transform their despair into effective action. She is the founder and executive director of The Climate Mobilization, which advocates an all-hands-on-deck, whole society mobilization to protect humanity and the living world from climate catastrophe. She helped pioneer the Climate Emergency Declaration campaign, which has led more than 1400 global governments to declare a Climate Emergency. She is the author of the new book, Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth a radical new self-help guide for the climate emergency.
Listen now to my interview on KPFA 94.1FM, on 3/9/20, to an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Sandel, author of the new book, Shaken Brain, The Science, Care, and Treatment of Concussion.
There is much misinformation about how concussions occur, symptoms, the best treatments, and what some long term consequences may be. Athletes are often associated with traumatic brain injuries, but all people are at risk of concussions from falls, car and bike accidents, intimate partner violence, and military service. It’s difficult to predict how long recovery will take, and more education is needed so people get the treatments they need.
Dr. Elizabeth Sandel is a physician with decades of experience caring for people with brain injuries and other neurological disorders in health systems in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California, including as Medical Director of the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California. Dr. Sandel is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and brain injury medicine. She is a medical director for Paradigm, a care and case management company for injured workers based in Walnut Creek. She has served on the faculty of the University of California/Davis School of Medicine for more than twenty years. Her late-career mission is to educate the public about science and medicine, using clear explanations and storytelling. Her website supplements her book, Shaken Brain: The Science, Care, and Treatment of Concussion (Harvard University Press, 2020): www.elizabethsandelmd.com
Did you know that one in six boys age 15-19 say they have never had a single conversation with a parent or teacher about contraception or sexual disease protection? And over half of teen boys say they seek out porn in part as their sex education.
Tune in on 2/10/20 to About Health on KPFA.org, 94.1FM, to discuss Boys & Sex. We’ll talk about sex, but not about explicit sex acts. But keep in mind some of the conversation may not be appropriate for young children.
Guest: Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, Schoolgirls, Girls and Sex, and now Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity. Peggy is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, she has been published in The Washington Post, Parenting, Slate, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, among other publications. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.
Teens are growing up in a new world…and parents are worried about the increase of depression, anxiety, and anguish. Dr. Christine Carter has written a handbook for helping kids thrive in an age of accelerated change. She says, “You’ll learn how and why new technologies like smartphones and social media are contributing to the largest mental health crisis we’ve ever seen.” We’ll also discuss ways to help teens find joy, focus, motivation, and engagement.
Listen now to About Health on 2/3/20—https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=327000
Guest: A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home and Raising Happiness. A sought-after keynote speaker, Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on the Huffington Post, PsychologyToday.com, PositivelyPositive.com, Medium.com, and several other websites. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, the TODAY show, the Rachael Ray Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. And she is the parent of 4 teenagers.
If you need some motivation to get up from your chair, couch, or bed, and keep moving, the book Exercise Is Medicine will do that. Author Judy Foreman explores the science of how physical activity can counter the effects of aging, and has a significant effect on our health and well being. Listen now to the show that was aired on KPFA 94.1FM 1/6/20.
Judy Foreman, is the author of “A Nation in Pain”, and “The Global Pain Crisis,” Her newest book “Exercise is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging, is just out. Judy was the health columnist for The Boston Globe for many years and her column was syndicated in outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, and Baltimore Sun. She served in the Peace Corps in Brazil for three years, has a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, was a Lecturer on Medicine and a Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Judy has won more than 50 journalism awards, including a George Foster Peabody award for co-writing a video documentary about a young woman dying of breast cancer.
LISTEN NOW to a discussion about the diagnosis of cancer and why it’s so important to advocate for what you need, and when necessary, get a second opinion for the best course of treatment.
12/2/19—94.1 FM and online at KPFA.org
For 50 years the second opinion has been providing free multidisciplinary, second opinions to adults in California diagnosed with new or recurrent cancers. One of their goals is to ensure that every cancer patient is empowered to make informed medical decisions.
Dr. Howard Kleckner is a hematologist-oncologist and is the current Medical Director of thesecondopinion with offices in San Francisco and now Oakland-Berkeley. He was Chief of Hematology-Oncology at the Kaiser Permanente Hayward/Fremont centers for over 30years where he also served as the Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Kleckner served for many years on the California Board of the American Cancer Society and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the California Medical Society.
As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Joan Venticinque, has over 12 years of experience as a patient and research advocate. She is a member of numerous advocacy organizations and has been an advocate reviewer and member of the research team on grants for California Breast Cancer Research Program, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, National Cancer Institute, LIVESTRONG and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She currently sits as a community member on the Stanford Scientific Review Committee, reviewing clinical trials. Her past work experience with Bay Area Cancer Connections, and the Cancer Supportive Care Program at the Stanford Cancer Center, along with her current work at The Second Opinion, keeps her connected with the current issues cancer patients face.
Listen now to the 11/11/19 show on About Health on 94.1FM—KPFA.org. We focused on health services and quality of life for veterans.
There are about 9 million Americans who use the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), a publicly funded national healthcare system that delivers care in over 1,700 sites, including acute-care hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, inpatient residential programs, and campus and community-based centers. With a salaried staff of nearly 300,000, the VHA is the nation’s largest and only integrated healthcare system that has full public funding.
Eddie Ramirez MSGT, USAF (Retired), has been serving veterans in a variety of ways for the past 10 years. In 2013 he founded OneVet OneVoice, an organization to serve as a proving ground for his model of Veteran care. In 2003 Eddie served in the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant, following his 22-year career with the Armed Forces, and worked for the Department of Labor in 2005. He worked for the Veterans Administration as the Administrative Officer for Mental Health Services from 2009-14. It was that experience that helped him put together the H.E.H.E. model that OneVet OneVoice is currently using in San Francisco. Throughout Eddie’s military and federal government service, he always stayed involved with Veteran issues including being the Founder of the San Francisco Veterans Town Hall Collaborative; a monthly town hall for Veterans and community partners to learn about Veterans services. He also conducts workshops to assist Veterans with employment, specifically how to obtain a job with the federal government. And he is the Founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival, a creative avenue to allow Veterans and the public to engage with each other on an artistic level.
John R. McQuaid, PhD is the Chief of the Mental Health Service at the San Francisco VA Health Care System, Vice Chair for Adult Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF and Vice Chair for San Francisco VA Health Care System at the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF. From 1995 to 2009 he served on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego and as a staff member at the San Diego VA Health Care System, moving into the role of Associate Chief of Psychology in 2004. Dr. McQuaid’s research has focused on designing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for psychological and behavioral problems, including dual diagnosis conditions (depression and substance dependence), psychosis, anxiety disorders, high risk sex behaviors, and phantom limb pain. He is currently a Site Investigator for a VA multi-site study comparing forms of therapy (cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure) for the treatment of PTSD. Dr. McQuaid’s clinical and teaching expertise is in cognitive-behavioral interventions for mood and anxiety disorders. He has served as a member of VA task forces to establish guidelines for the treatment of depression, and chaired the American Psychological Association Depression Guideline Panel. Dr. McQuaid is past Secretary of the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders, and formerly served as President of the organization. He is the author of A Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression, and Cognitive-Behavioral Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia.
Listen now to the 11/4/19 show on 94.1FM @KPFA.org
Almost 16 million Americans had an alcohol use disorder in 2016 and nearly 80 million Americans were affected by a loved one’s drinking.
Do you know the difference between Alcohol Use, Alcohol Abuse, and Alcoholism? My guest Lisa Frederiksen, author of “If You Loved Me You’d Stop,” explained the characteristics of Alcohol Use Disorder and the consequences of drinking on family members as well as the person drinking. Alcoholism can be treated and a person can have a complete remission. It’s never too late to get help.
Guest: Lisa Frederiksen is the founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. Her 40 years of experience coping with loved ones who drank too much and her 16 years of work studying the scientific research on brain development, alcohol, drug use disorders, mental illness, trauma, and the family member’s experience, culminate in her “10th Anniversary Edition of “If You Loved Me, You’d Stop!“ Lisa is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, consultant, and author of 12 books.
Listen now to the show I did with Anna Lappé, on About Health, KPFA.org, 94.1FM, 10/21/19
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, an advocate for sustainability and justice along the food chain, and an advisor to funders investing in food system transformation. A James Beard Leadership Award recipient, Anna is the co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to more than a dozen others. Named one of TIME’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including the Small Planet Institute, which she launched with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, and Real Food Media, which partners with food movement allies. As a funder, she has led the grantmaking of the Small Planet Fund for more than a decade and created and runs the Food & Democracy program of the Panta Rhea Foundation. Anna is a founding Steering Committee member of the Castanea Fellowship and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the Food and Farm Communications Fund along with her board service at the Mesa Refuge and Rainforest Action Network. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two daughters.
Listen NOW to About Health (9/2/19) to learn about Heart Based Medicine and how it can change how doctors and patients relate and heal.
“Imagine a medical system that puts the patient back into the center of healing, and where the doctor-patient relationship is the keystone to that healing. More and more medical professionals all around the world are recognizing that unless they engage their hearts, and fully connect with their patients, they are failing to offer the best version of themselves, and then their healing potential is limited. Heart Based Medicine was formed to resuscitate the heart of healing within healthcare.” www.heartbasedmedicine.org